Tribpedia: United States Congress

Article I of the Constitution establishes the legislative or law making branch of government with the formation of a bicameral Congress. This system provides checks and balances within the legislative branch.

Only after much debate did the Founding Fathers agree on the creation of the House of Representatives and the Senate. A major issue was how representation in the legislative ...

Analysis: Greg Abbott's Constitutional Changes Require a Salesman

Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.
Gov. Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote address at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.

Gov. Greg Abbott must get his plan to amend the U.S. Constitution through his own statehouse and 33 others, a task that will require persuasive abilities he hasn’t exhibited in his first year as governor. 

Ted Cruz greets supporters at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina on Nov. 14, 2015.
Ted Cruz greets supporters at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina on Nov. 14, 2015.

After Paris Attacks, Cruz Vows to Call Out Terrorism

Campaigning in South Carolina on Saturday, Ted Cruz said that as president, he would not be afraid to call "radical Islamic terrorism by its name." But he stopped well short of calling for the U.S. to engage in a land war targeting ISIS in the Middle East

The 2015 Texas Tribune Festival's keynote sessions included one-on-one conversations with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (clockwise, from top left), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. There was also a panel discussion on the 2016 presidential race.
The 2015 Texas Tribune Festival's keynote sessions included one-on-one conversations with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (clockwise, from top left), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. There was also a panel discussion on the 2016 presidential race.

2015 Tribune Festival: Videos of the Keynote Sessions

During the keynote sessions of the 2015 Texas Tribune Festival, we featured one-on-one conversations with Dan PatrickJoe Straus, Nancy Pelosi and Julián Castro. You can watch those interviews and videos of our other keynote sessions here.

Video: Make 2016 Great Again

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Here's full video of our "Make 2016 Great Again" panel discussion Sunday at The Texas Tribune Festival. The panel featured Amy Chozick of The New York Times, Peter Hamby of Snapchat, Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker and Dave Weigel of The Washington Post.

Video: Can the Center Hold?

Here's full video of our "Can the Center Hold?" panel discussion Saturday at The Texas Tribune Festival. The panel featured former U.S. Sens. Evan Bayh and Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu.

TribFest 2014 Joe Straus interview with Ross Ramsey
Conversation San Antonio event on May12th, 2014 with Speaker of the House John Boehner
Credit: Bob Daemmrich/Marjorie Kamys Cotera
TribFest 2014 Joe Straus interview with Ross Ramsey Conversation San Antonio event on May12th, 2014 with Speaker of the House John Boehner Credit: Bob Daemmrich/Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Analysis: Dancing With Those Who Brung Ya

Splitting the majority party in the House of Representatives leaves a potential speaker with two routes to the top. Lawmakers did it one way in Texas and another way in Washington, D.C. Right now, the Texas way seems to function better.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston.
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, and U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston.

Texas Members of Congress Spar Over Crude Oil Export Ban

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WASHINGTON — Texas members of Congress Gene Green and Joe Barton went head-to-head Thursday on a bill that would lift a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. It was imposed to alleviate energy scarcity during the OPEC oil embargo.

 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., on April 18, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., on April 18, 2015.

Hitting "Washington Cartel," Cruz Conjures New Foil

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is opening a new front in his war of words against Washington, D.C., decrying a "Washington cartel" replete with corruption and cronyism. The offensive gives him a new foil in Congress — and on the presidential campaign trail. 

Will Hurd of San Antonio explains his plans as a Congressman-elect from Texas during TTEvents on Dec. 18, 2014
Will Hurd of San Antonio explains his plans as a Congressman-elect from Texas during TTEvents on Dec. 18, 2014

Hurd Defies the Odds for U.S. House Republicans

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Congressional Republicans have never been able to retain a black lawmaker in a true swing district for more than a couple of terms. Could Texas' Will Hurd change that? 

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

Analysis: When Right Doesn't Make Might

Republican challenges to sitting Republican speakers of the House could backfire on the renegades — showing them to be far less numerous or politically powerful than they previously appeared. U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert mustered just three votes in his challenge to Speaker John Boehner. And state Rep. Scott Turner has gained little public support among House members in his bid to unseat Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.